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International Investigators Begin Work at Crash Site in Ukraine
Friday, August 1st 2014
Several dozen international investigators have begun working at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines MH17 in eastern Ukraine. (Full Story)

Annulment of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality law hailed by UN officials
Friday, August 1st 2014
United Nations officials have welcomed the decision of the Constitutional Court of Uganda to annul the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, hailing it as a victory for the rule of law and social justice. (Full Story)

Russia: Whistleblower Edward Snowden trapped without legal protection
Amnesty International - Friday, August 1st 2014
Headline Title:  Russia: Whistleblower Edward Snowden trapped without legal protection 01 August 2014 The reports that Edward Snowden has been living in Russia with precarious “temporary leave to remain” rather than under any formal asylum protection is further evidence he must be allowed to travel to and seek asylum in the country of his choice, said Amnesty International today. Russia’s one-year permit for the whistleblower and former US intelligence analyst to stay in the country is now reported to have expired without confirmation that it will be extended. “Edward Snowden is cornered… (Full Story)

Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Act struck down in step towards ending discrimination
Amnesty International - Friday, August 1st 2014
Headline Title:  Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Act struck down in step towards ending discrimination 01 August 2014 The striking-down of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act is a step towards stopping state-sponsored discrimination in its tracks, said Amnesty International.“Even though Uganda’s abominable Anti-Homosexuality Act was scrapped on the basis of a technicality, it is a significant victory for Ugandan activists who have campaigned against this law. Since it was first being floated in 2009, these activists have often put their safety on the line to ensure that Ugandan law upholds… (Full Story)

Israel/OPT: International Criminal Court key to breaking cycle of injustice for war crimes
Amnesty International - Friday, August 1st 2014
Headline Title:  Israel/OPT: International Criminal Court key to breaking cycle of injustice for war crimes 01 August 2014 The UN Security Council, the Palestinian Authority and Israel must do everything within their power to enable the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring to justice those responsible for committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in the current and past Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, said Amnesty International.Since 8 July, more than 1,400 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing hostilities. According to the UN, the majority of those killed have… (Full Story)

Americans Angry About Power Plant Pollution
Friday, August 1st 2014
Proposed rules to cut pollution from the nation’s 600 coal-fired power plants are generating a heated debate in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, charged with writing and implementing the plan, has already received 300,000 comments.  The Agency opened its doors for public testimony this week and 1,600 people are expected to show up in Washington, DC, Denver, Atlanta and Pittsburgh. West Virginia native Regina Hendricks told the government panel in... (Full Story)

WHO: Ebola Spread Outpaces Control Effort
Friday, August 1st 2014
The head of the World Health Organization has told the presidents of West African nations stricken by Ebola that the outbreak is moving faster than efforts to control it. Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO's director general, says if the outbreak continues to worsen, the consequences could be "catastrophic" in terms of lost lives and socio-economic disruption. Dr. Chan is in Conakry, where she met Friday with the presidents of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory... (Full Story)

US Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly
Friday, August 1st 2014
The U.S. unemployment rate rose slightly — one-tenth of one percent — to hit 6.2 percent in July. Friday's report from the Labor Department also said the economy had a net gain of 209,000 jobs. The data surprised economists, who had predicted that the unemployment rate would be steady and the economy would create thousands more jobs. The unexpected increase in the jobless rate may be an ironic result of a string of positive economic reports recently. Those reports prompted... (Full Story)

Gaza Cease-fire Collapses; Israeli Soldier Captured
Friday, August 1st 2014
A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce. (Full Story)

Uganda Court Annuls Anti-Gay Law
Friday, August 1st 2014
Uganda's Constitutional Court has overturned a controversial anti-homosexuality law that made same sex acts punishable by up to life in prison. While the law was annulled because of procedural errors in its passing, rights groups still hailed the decision as a boost for gay rights in the country.   The court said its decision was based on the fact that the law was passed in parliament without enough members present for a full quorum.   Human Rights Watch LGBT (Lesbian, Gay,... (Full Story)

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